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Marcassin
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Character Information
Japanese Name ラース
Romaji Lars
Gender Male
Species Human
Weapon Wand
Occupation Emperor
World of Origin Ni No Kuni
English voice actor Iain McKee
Nigel Pilkington (Young)
Relatives
Brother Swaine

Marcassin (ラース Lars) is the Porcine Prince, ruler of Hamelin and one of the Great Sages, who will join your party near the end of the game.

When you first meet Marcassin, he is brokenhearted by Shadar and will require some belief to come to his senses.

Although Marcassin's father was the Emperor of Hamelin, Marcassin is still referred to as a Prince in the present even though he is the presiding ruler. It's possible that during the time he was brokenhearted, his lack of belief made him decide he was not good enough to be an emperor.

Spoiler warning!
This section contains plot details, which may spoil your gameplay.

Marcassin is Swaine's (whose real name is Gascon) younger brother. When you visit Hamelin's past, you meet younger versions of the brothers. Young Gascon pushes Marcassin during practice sessions because he believes his brother is holding back when using his magical abilities. This is in fact true, reveled after completing The Tombstone Trail and defeating the Candelabracadabra. Young Marcassin did not want to show his true potential because magic is an ability required to become ruler of Hamelin. Since Gascon can't perform magic, he didn't want to usurp his brother and replace him as next in line for the throne.

Personality

Marcassin is said to be an extremely talented and handsome young man, though as a child he was very meek and quiet. While he was broken-hearted, he was constantly berating himself and his looks as he lost belief in himself. 

He very much looks up to his big brother, Prince Gascon, who gruffly looked after him as a child, and fully believed he would come back if he were ever in need.

Battle Role

Marcassin uses the same wands as Oliver, but his Imperial Scepter is already a good weapon until you complete Errand 136 and create the Sky Tree Wand. He can fight equally well in hand-to-hand or with his spells due to his stat array. His main disadvantage is that he will be at Level 40 when you get him, considerably lower in level than the rest of your party.

Marcassin has an affinity with Daemonia, Nymphae, and Minima familiars.

Trivia

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Howl from "Howl's Moving Castle"

Macassin was possibly named after the prince in the French version of the fairytale "The Pig King" — which was entitled "Prince Marcassin". This may be another explanation as to why he is referred to as a prince rather than an emperor. Marcassin is compared to another Studio Ghibli character, Howl from Howl's Moving Castle. He is also compared to the great sage Crest from Dark Cloud 2.

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